Bars now required to close at 8 pm
National Security Minister Stuart Young has announced that bars will now be required to close at 8 pm. Patrons found outside of these establishments after 8 pm, will be charged.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley warned that he will close bars by Monday, if they continue to breach the COVID-19 regulations.
Speaking at the virtual media conference on Monday, Young said "what we saw in the first weekend of bars being opened has greatly disturbed us."
"We have sought the advice of our medical experts and received the advice, and the regulations will be amended during the course of this week," he revealed.
The Minister reminded that the limit for congregating inside the bars is 25. He also noted that patrons outside are not allowed to gather in groups of more than 25.
"We are asking bar owners to consider using a last call system. Now that you know you have to be shut at 8 pm, by 7.30 pm, take the last order."
The National Security Minister added that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) will do the necessary enforcement.
For persons congregating outside in groups of more than 25, Young said the police will issue a warning. If persons do not adhere, police officers have been authorised to close the establishments.
He further warned that "if we don't see a reversal of the type of behaviour that has happened over the last 72 hours, the Government will not hesitate to do what is necessary based on the advice of our medical experts."
Over the weekend, Dr Patrick Antoine, Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Beverage Alcohol Alliance (TTBAA) announced that bars that breach the COVID-19 regulations will not be supplied with products. Commenting on the announcement, the National Security Minister said it is "step in the right direction."